Recent Activity at Loihi Volcano
Events in early-mid 1997
Current Geologic Activity and Research at Loihi
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- Since last summer Loihi has been relatively quite.
No new major seismic activity has been recorded at Loihi recently (since
the main seismic swarm decayed away in August 1996).
- A new series of expeditions to Loihi using the Pisces V submersible
will be conducted in August and September of 1997. Investigations of
the geology, biology and hydrology of the summit region in the aftermath
of the activity of last summer are planned.
- Researchers are busy analyzing data of various sorts to determine the
exact nature of the event that caused the excessive seimicity on summer of
1996. As noted in the November 1996 update page, radiometric dating of suspected young lavas collected during the "Rapid Response" expedition to
Loihi in Aug 1996 confirms the youth of these lavas and, therefore, the fact
that a mid 1996 eruption at Loihi did in fact occur.
- 1996 Seismic/Volcanic Event Summary
Scientists at UH and elsewhere have written a
summary article describing preliminary results of multi-disciplinary
research on Loihi after this unprecedented event. Check it out!
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Last page update on 17 Sept 1997